Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

24 06 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen posterRelease Date: Wednesday 24 June 2009

Running Time: 147 minutes

Age Restriction: 10 – Language, violence

Website: IMDB

Following the major success of 2007’s Transformers, a sequel was all but inevitable. This is that sequel.

Now, if you’ve seen the original movie, this movie shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. There are giant transforming robots that get into epic fights with each other. Stuff (lots of stuff!) gets blown up in spectacular fashion. Megan Fox is hot. But you know all of this already.

The story of Revenge of the Fallen takes place two years after the events of the first Transformers. The Autobots (the good robots) have formed a special team with the United States government to hunt down and destroy any and all Decepticons that are on Earth, either that have recently arrived, or that have been hiding on Earth.

Of course, with new enemies comes new friends, and there are a number of new Autobots which have joined the ranks under Optimus Prime’s command. Unfortunately, of these five or so new robots, only two are actually introduced and given character, while the rest serve mainly as background characters. Awesome giant transforming robot background characters, but background characters non-the-less. The two that are given character annoyed me to no end, being two small useless robots with wannabe-gangster personalities. I don’t know if they were supposed to be funny, but they just annoyed me with their pseudo ghetto tough talk and arrogant swagger.

The main antagonist in this movie is an ancient Transformer known as The Fallen, who seeks to destroy the Autobots and humanity in general. Cue epic battles scenes, big explosions and cool special effects. Hmmm … speaking of special effects, there are some which are excellent, like the animation on the Transformers themselves and the large-scale CGI, but in certain parts it just looked cheap and obviously not real, which detracted from the general suspension of disbelief that exists when viewing a movie.

The actual story of the movie is decent. I actually found it quite interesting, which is unusual because the writing on these type of movies is usually pretty bad, or mediocre at best. That is to say that the writing is usually quite cliched and formulaic, and Revenge of the Fallen‘s writing was quite good.

All in all, it’s a solid sequel, and a fairly good movie to boot. I give it a 7 / 10.

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24 06 2009
Cello

great review, this movie had so many ‘holy sh*t’ moments i had a blast at the midnight screening!

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